A Massachusetts man charged in the death of a young boy in Bangor is expected to plead guilty to manslaughter next month, that’s according to his lawyer.Prosecutors say 28-year-old Edgard Anziani killed 15-month-old Damien Lynn at the child’s home last year.Anziani pleaded not guilty to murder and manslaughter last April.His attorney, Jeff Silverstein tells us Anziani plans to plead guilty to the manslaughter charge on April 15th.The murder charge would be dropped as part of the plea agreement.The maximum jail sentence for manslaughter in Maine is 30 years.
Bangor High School has more students than any high school in the state.For the first time ever, they welcomed next year’s freshman class a little early, with a step up day.”It’s in response to the fact we’ve had the request from some of the outlying schools that they would like to see us offer this,” said Bangor High School Principal Norris Nickerson.
A man from New Brunswick is going to prison for more than 13 years for his role in a pot smuggling operation that brought thousands of pounds of marijuana into Maine and New England.50-year-old Andre Picard was sentenced Friday in federal court in Bangor.
A Swans Island man has admitted to his role in a vandalism spree last year, involving more than a dozen homes on Long Pond.The damage totaled more than $100,000.19-year old Roman Cook appeared in Hancock County Superior Court in Ellsworth, last Thursday.Police say Cook and two others were ice fishing on the Mount Desert pond when they broke into the homes.Cook pleaded guilty to 9 of the burglaries in January of 2010, as well as charges stemming from an incident in Lincoln County, while he was out on bail- a total of 21 counts.He was sentenced to two years behind bars, and three years of probation.In October, 19-year-old James Lemoine was sentenced to three years in jail for the break-ins.
Two Bangor men accused of threatening someone with a knife are facing felony charges.Police say 46-year old Robert Cormier and 43-year old Charles Abbott were confronting someone who lived on Pine Street.They say the two men were walking down the street on Saturday when one of their wives claimed to have been assaulted by someone who lived there.Cormier and Abbott allegedly returned to the home later that day to confront the person.Police were called to the street and arrested both men.They were taken to Penobscot County jail and charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon.
A Pittsfield man and his passenger were taken to hospital with broken legs following a crash on moose run road near Madawaska Lake in Stockholm Saturday.According to State Police, 32-year-old Jason Gillis was riding a snowmobile with a passenger when he reportedly failed to stop at the Moose Run Road crossing on the ITS #83.A car was traveling Westbound when the sled crossed it’s path, the car was unable to stop, and struck the snowmobile.No one in the car was injured.
An eighth-grade student from Cape Elizabeth has won the Maine State Spelling Bee for the second straight year and will represent the state in the national spelling bee this spring.According to the Maine Sunday Telegram, Lily Jordan spelled the word “rotunda” to in the 15th round of Saturday’s competition at the University of Southern Maine to outlast 15 other students from each county in the state.Michaela Wright of Rockland came in second.Jordan will represent Maine at the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee, to be held June 1 and 2 in Washington.
A nonprofit group devoted to advancing Maine’s downtowns is taking nominations for its annual achievement awards.The Maine Development Foundation’s Downtown Center is accepting submissions in 16 categories for projects that were completed in the past year.The awards aim to recognize projects that demonstrate excellence in downtown renewal and people who have played leadership roles in downtown revitalization.Awards will be presented at the 2011 Maine Vital Communities Conference in Skowhegan.The Downtown Center was established in 1999 to advance preservation-based economic development in Maine downtowns.
A sure sign that spring is here, all kinds of boats filled the Bangor Auditorium and Civic Center this weekend.It was the annual Boating and Marine Show.All kinds of boats, docks and equipment were on display for folks to check out.They say many people came out for the show.Joseph Colerousey of Hamlin’s Marine says the economic times didn’t seem to be a factor this year and they made some great sales.He says the show is a great opportunity for folks to get out and see how they can enjoy Maine summers even more.” It’s just to let people know that just because we’re in Maine and have a short season doesn’t mean that we can’t get out there and enjoy it just like southern people or anywhere that you can do it year round.
The Williams Pond Lodge in Bucksport opened its doors for a fundraiser Sunday.The Cancer Support Center of Maine used its facilities for their Spring into Spring event.There was a bonfire, live music and great food to be enjoyed by all those attending.The Cancer Support Center of Maine is a non-profit organization in Bucksport that aims to educate folks and help out those who have been affected by cancer.”We’re launching an education program right now on ways people can reduce their risk or getting cancer.
(AP)A former paper company official has been appointed Maine’s new State Forester.In his new position, Douglas Denico of Madison will oversea the Maine Forest Service within the Department of Conservation.According to the department, Denico is a licensed professional forester whose career includes forest management positions with International Paper, Scott Paper, S.D.
(AP)A Maine lawmaker is proposing a bill that could give Dennis Dechaine a shot at a new trial in his bid to overturn his murder conviction nearly twenty-two years ago.Representative John Martin of Eagle Lake says the bill crafted on Dechaine’s behalf would require the state to consider DNA evidence collected after Dechaine was convicted of the 1988 murder of 12-year-old Sarah Cherry in Bowdoin.Former Attorney General Janet Mills said the bill seems problematic because it’s aimed at one case in particular and appears to step on the toes of the courts.
May the best cook win, that was the theme of a competition in Old Town Saturday night.Crossroad Ministries held a cook-off to help benefit their food pantry.Four different cooks from area eateries were competing for several different titles, including friendliest cook.The catch, they had to prepare their meals with items from the food pantry.Folks could pay to come in and sample the different meals and vote for their favorites.”The need in the Bangor Old Town area is so great.
The Curran Homestead in Orrington invited folks in Saturday for a Maple Festival and Irish celebration.Organizers say they wanted folks to be able to get out of the house and enjoy the sunshine.They say a lot of folks turned out and they think the weather had a lot to do with that.Folks could see maple syrup being boiled, try some Irish stew and hear Irish music.”The Curran Homestead is a tie to people’s past.